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handgun hunting, stand or still hunt ?

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by dieselguy, Jan 17, 2004.


  1. dieselguy

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    this will be my first year hunting deer and black bear w/ a handgun (blackhawk or redhawk)
    do most of you handgunners hunt from a tree stand or still hunt? i do both but prefere to move around a bit to keep from getting bored and falling asleep. i hunt in maine and new hampshire in everything from fields to swamps.
    my father, an excellent handgun shooter, doesn't a handgun is very good for still hunting and jump shooting. i figure i can get a scoped blackhawk on target just as fast as my ancient model 70 w/ an alaskan scope.

    now would i be better of w/ a 5.5" or 7.5" barreled blackhawk in 44 mag?
    how realistic is a 150 yd shot w/ a scope and resting on something?

    thanks
    -jason
     

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  2. TJC

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    Only handgun hunting I've done has been in Pa and Maine. All of which was stand hunting.
     

  3. revbrown

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    i still like to walk but can't do that much - prolly freeze my junk off in a stand

    used 7.5" rugers with adjustable sights - longest shot i would take would be about 75 yds so as not to just wound

    wore low slung western style belt and holster to keep gun available but be able to wear a large coat and not have to dig around for the gun

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  4. tjpet

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    Glass, then stalk, for the most part.

    I'd say at least 30% were animals I ran into by accident while doing something else. Just happened to have a tag in my pocket and a pistol handy.
     
  5. vafish

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    I do both, Have much better luck in the stand than still hunting (probably move to fast, but I do that when I get cold and bored), But I've shot deer both ways. With handgun hunting I hunt the same as with a rifle or shotgun.

    I deer hunt with 2 .44 mag handguns.

    First is a TC Contender Super 14 with a 2.5x scope on it. I use it when I'm in the stand, it has a sling on it for carrying. I've had 2 occasions where the first shot for the TC didn't put the deer down and I drew the second gun to finish it.

    Second is a Ruger Super Redhawk 7 1/2" barrel carried Cross Draw in a Bianchi Cyclone holster. I use this one when moving on the ground. or as mentioned above if the first shot from the Contender doesn't do it.

    I think 150 yard shot is pushing it too far for the 7 1/2" Ruger, especially with open sights.

    Longest shot I've taken on deer with the handgun is 90 yards. I used the TC for that one.
     
  6. dieselguy

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    i was just curious if it could do it at 150 yds, if i do my part. i will keep closer to 50-75 yds
     
  7. JimM_PA

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    Some random thoughts....a Ruger is an excellent gun to hunt with. I stay inside the range that I can put all my shots on a paper plate from whatever position I shoot. I try to use a rest whenever possible (tree branch, stand support, whatever). If I haven't practiced enough with my hunting loads before season, my effective range may be close to bow hunting distances. I prefer a red dot sight to a scope. If I hunt with a handgun, the rifle stays in camp. Good luck with your hunt, it's a pretty good challenge.
    Jim
     
  8. vafish

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    Good plan.

    I don't know your capabilities, but you need to remember that a 30-30 has more energy at 100 yards than a .44 mag handgun has at the muzzle. There are a lot of guy shooting Metalic Silohette at 200 yards with .44 mags. But they are shooting at known distances. The .44 mag starts to loose a lot of steam after 100 yards and the bullet starts to drop a lot.

    My .44 mags are sighted in for 50 yards. The 90 yard shot I took the bullet hit about 3" below my point of aim. Since all I could see of the buck was his head/neck I went for a neck shot. The bullet tore through his thorax and juggler veins. Another inch or 2 lower and it would have missed.